My husband and I recently adopted a six month old Siamese kitten. One viewing of him on the humane society web page was all we needed to know he should be ours. We struggled a little with a name for him. After all, what you name an animal friend has a lasting influence on his or her life. We finally decided on Oz. Several people have asked why we chose that name.
The obvious association is with the movie, The Wizard of Oz of course. Oz was the name of a beautiful, magical, and sometimes scary world. The wizard, although given top billing, wasn’t the hero of the story, and neither was Dorothy, the girl from Kansas who got caught up in an incredible life journey. She was just trying to get back home after being displaced by a tornado. To give him credit, the Wizard tried to take Dorothy home in the end, but he also put her in perilous danger by sending her after the broomstick of the witch of the West. Yet Dorothy put all her faith in him, believing him to be her savior. Glenda, the good witch of the North cannot claim the title of rescuer either. She guided Dorothy toward her journey (“follow the yellow brick road”), woke her from the sleep of the poppies, and told her the truth at the end. But she also did not provide the wisdom for Dorothy to go home. Even though she knew it all along.
It was a Siamese cat who saved Dorothy. As the wizard is preparing to launch the hot air balloon which can take them home, the cat was among the well-wishers cheering them on. It leaped out of its mistress’s arms and began to run. Dorothy’s dog Toto, already in the gondola, jumps out and pursues the cat. Dorothy’s love for Toto causes her to follow him and she misses her ride. It is only then that Dorothy is given the answer that she needs. Her selfless act of rescuing Toto is the real magic. She tries to do this earlier in the movie, but she just isn’t ready yet to give unconditional love to another being. She let her anger and fear get in her way. Dorothy’s experiences, and her compassion for her fellow travelers, has changed and matured her and allowed her to grow. It was that one final act, the decision to save another, despite her own desires, which really saved her. The Siamese cat was the true Wizard of Oz.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”